10 Years Ago — 2008
Winter pummels city
The winter wonderland took on a new look this past week as schools were closed, people plowed and shoveled, and residents and businesses got by as best they could. The hot topic at local coffee shops is still the weather and remembering winters gone by such as a decade ago and even farther back to the winter of ’68-’69 when temperatures dipped down to 40 below.
20 Years Ago — 1998
Former city clerk dies
Former Priest River deputy city clerk Barbara Takenaka died of cervical cancer in Deer Lodge, Mont., where she moved to be by her daughter Marcie after she learned she was ill. Barbara served as Priest River’s deputy city clerk for more than six years.
30 Years Ago — 1988
IGA helps Spartan sports
A little over a year ago, Steve Moczulski and his father, Mitch, purchased the Priest River IGA store. Although the first year of business has been a struggle, the two have succeeded in boosting Priest River athletics. Through the help of IGA, the Adult Booster Club collected over $1,400 between June and November. Student athletes and adult boosters collected coupons, which they put on products at the IGA. Store clerks asked customers whether they wanted the cash discount or whether they wished to donate the money to the Adult Booster Club, said Candy Lund, a member of the boosters.
40 Years Ago — 1978
Fire destroys Kings
An early morning fire swept through K. G. King’s Hotel and Bar Friday morning, completing gutting the two-story wooden frame structure. There were no injuries. Men fighting the fire, which saw flames billow 20 feet above the roof line, said the blaze apparently started in apartment no. 8 on the second floor. Witnesses said a woman clad in her bedclothes and carrying a small child ran from the hotel area to the Annex Bar at 9:18 a.m., where she reported the fire. Two fire trucks from the Newport Fire Department joined Priest River’s three trucks and a lot of volunteer fire fighters in battling the blaze through the morning and early afternoon.
50 Years Ago — 1968
Axe poised over P.L.T.P.A.
The fate of the State of Idaho’s participation in the Priest Lake Timber Protective Association hung in the balance Wednesday. The House of Representatives passed a bill that would require at least 100,000 acres of land in the association be owned by others than the state if the state was to be a member. This requirement would preclude Idaho membership in the P.L.T.P.A.
60 Years Ago — 1958
Local girls in two-car collision
Five Priest River girls escaped injury in a two-car collision on the highway between Cusick and Newport Saturday night. Karen Veltri, Sheila and Gail Yarroll and Gloria Keyser were riding with Darleen Clintsman, who was driving. They had attended the Priest River-Cusick high school basketball game at Cusick and were returning home when a car ahead of them made a left-hand turn without signaling as the Clintsman car was in the passing lane. The two cars came together causing extensive damage to both vehicles. No occupants of either car were injured aside from slight bruises and shock.
70 Years ago — 1948
Katims sells to Sowder
The Little Clothing Store at Metaline Falls, owned by Freda and Seymour Katims of Priest River, has been sold to Ellsworth Sowder of Newport.
80 Years Ago — 1938
Party honors new members
One of the most delightful affairs of the winter season was the party given by the Cultus Club in honor of its many new members, who were presented with red carnation shoulder bouquets as they entered the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dalva. Bridge was played during the evening. An orchestra composed of charter members and the Cultus Club quartette furnished some pleasant and amusing selections. It was in the wee small hours of the morning when the party reluctantly broke up.
90 Years ago — 1928
Winter conducive to logging
Owing to the fine sleighing weather, Fred Krauter is doing extensive logging. He has ten 4-horse teams making two trips a day to the river.
100 Years Ago — 1918
War shortages end borrowing
War conditions have put a stop to “Mrs. Neighbor” running in to borrow a cup of sugar.
—Compiled by MARYLYN CORK